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I am the founder and head trainer at PurelyFIT. I have spent a number of years in fitness gyms such as Fitness First and Anytime Fitness and now I have combined my knowledge and experience and have created PurelyFIT to help make a difference in the world of health and fitness :)

Personal Training Saves Lives

2014-08-20 20.25.29I received a call from a client expressing concerns about his health and we arranged a health consultation to discuss his concerns and requirements at PurelyFIT. When we started talking he said: “I am diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and on top of that I am extremely over weight and unhappy with myself.”

James was not able to exercise as he was also recovering from a motorcycle accident and fell into a rut of bad eating and spending most of his leisurely time locked away in his room, gaming online, which consequently led to weight gain, depression and eventually contributed significantly towards type 2 diabetes.

“According to James: I needed motivation and advice which is what led me to PurelyFIT’s personal training program after doing some research. It was equally and very important for me to fix both my overall health and lose weight at the same time.”

We started light personal training sessions due to James’s motorcycle injuries. Shortly after starting the program, James started to build up his muscle strength and so we re-assessed James’ form. After careful review, we modified his training program so that his strength and muscle gain could move up a few notches.

With our unique and holistic personal training approach, we completely cut James’ addictive ways of eating fast food, chips and chocolates and replaced it with a highly nutritional food regime, which was the most complex step in the process. We then used our specialised methodology to clean out the bad toxins, which had built up in James’s system over the years. The specialised cleansing methodology enabled proper hormone function, minimised bad food cravings and dramatically improved nutrient absorbtion.

“Through Shareen I was able to gain the necessary knowledge, motivation and accountability to gain the results I wanted. The detox program was incredible, just after two days, I noticed a difference in energy levels and I was actually jumping out of bed.”

In 16 Weeks, James had lost 26 kilos and has now completely reversed his type 2 diabetes, leaving him not only looking fantastic, but completely transformed, feeling like a new man, with a new sense of alpha optimism and endless possibilities in life. After all, James is only 27 years old with a bright future ahead of him.

“I have lost 26 kilos and reversed my type 2 Diabetes. This has given me a whole new playing field in terms of the amount of energy I have throughout the day with a tremendous boost in my confidence. Shareen’s support and the personal training program has also taught me to become more ambitious in life in general and I am now able to apply this discipline to everything else in my life which is just amazing.”

 

 

Avoid These 5 Mistakes & Live In the Body of Your Dreams

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You can’t escape it, it’s everywhere! Lose weight, get fit, magic pills, fancy diets, protein shakes. We are living in a time where there is so much information on how to lose weight in the quickest ways, endless protein shakes to help burn fat, and many ways on how to get the 6 pack of your dreams. There are so many different tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, that it can all become confusing and overwhelming.

  1. I need to be on a “high protein diet” to lose weight.

Are you eating everything and anything that is high in protein in the hope that it will help you lose weight? When there is a deluge of information causing confusion, the risks of not having a balanced nutrition is increased which only impacts your overall health in the long term, despite seeing a very short term weight reduction on the scales:

  • You have hit a weight loss plateau and can’t seem to shift the weight. Everyone hits a plateau, the question is how are you going to break that? When you hit a wall, change is necessary, look at the big picture and understand your options.
  • Suffering from digestive issues, feeling low on energy and getting headaches on a regular basis. Question it, why are you feeling this way? What is causing it?! If you aren’t feeling amazing, there is something calling for your attention.
  • Spending a lot of money on “protein” options but not seeing any real changes in the body. Protein is only one source of the food group, pay attention to other important sources which may be missing.

TIP: Eat a balanced combination of protein, good fats and low GI carbs. Natural is always best, think of foods that were hunted, picked off a tree and dug out of a ground. Try and reduce or eliminate packaged and processed foods and to a little secret of mine is to shop on the outer isles of the supermarket where you will find fresh foods.

 

  1. I need to exercise like a machine everyday to lose weight.

There is nothing worse than smashing it out in the gym, sweating like crazy where your heart feels like it’s going to pop out of your chest, yet you see no daily improvement on the scales! How can you achieve the best possible results when don’t have a clear mapped out plan to success;

  • Feeling physically sore, mentally drained and starting to lose motivation will only hinder your results. Listen to the messages your body is sending you. Understand “your” body and it will respond when you treat it with love and care.
  • Everyone around you is losing weight, except you and you question what you could be doing differently. Every “body” is different. Open yourself up to more knowledge and options to help “your” body achieve the best possible results.

TIP: Taking the holistic approach and addressing the 3 key aspects of health; exercise, nutrition and optimal cell quality is the simple secret to weight loss and optimal health.

 

  1. I have to deprive myself of the foods I enjoy to lose weight.

Often people have a vivid imagination about how life would be if they chose to take the “healthy” road. The biggest fear is missing out on social events, not being able to enjoy a glass of wine or two, having to explain to friends and family about the “diet” you are on and having to deal with people’s negative reactions.

  • Being lean and being healthy inside out is a life long journey which requires daily action through good choices. Learn about foods and how they impact your body and make healthier choices. It all starts with you!
  • Make a “healthy lifestyle” change rather than putting yourself on a “diet” for some time and then reverting back to old habits. Invest in yourself now or pay doctors bills later.

TIP: Adopt the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy nutrient packed meals 80% of your week and for the remaining 20% you can have whatever you like weather it is a glass or wine (or two), or that calorie fuelled burger and chips. Create a healthy balance that you can enjoy for life!

 

  1. Unnatural Protein “products” including shakes and bars will help me lose weight and make me look like the models and celebrities on the packaging.

We can all agree that we are in a time where we are saturated with protein shake and protein bar ads, whether it is on TV, in a magazine, at the gym, on a bus and of course through a friend or family member talking about a protein shake/ bar diet that is helping them achieve amazing weight loss results. But is it really helping you achieve sustainable weight loss for the long term or is it just another short term gimmick?

  • Protein shakes and protein bars have its place, they are great if you are on the go and can’t get to a healthy fresh meal, and they are the better option to other fast food snacks such as muffins and banana breads. Don’t make “fancy “packaged protein bars or shakes a part of your staple food items.
  • The thing most marketing companies fail to tell you is that most of these products are packed with synthetic chemicals. Synthetic chemicals cause toxicity in the body, slow down the metabolism and the weight loss factor and can also lead to other health implications over time. Be aware of what you are putting into your body, is it “good” for you or is it just another “nutrient deficient” hunger buster.

TIP: Research, learn and understand foods! Fresh foods should always be your number 1 food source. Always check labels and only ingest if you have heard of the ingredients.

 

  1. I need to eat every 2 hours to be in “fat burning” mode.

“Quick, I must eat now before my metabolism becomes like a slow moving coal train”! Sound familiar?

  • There are so many methods out there to help achieve a fast metabolism to assist with weight loss. Eat every 2 hour nutrition plans is ok on a short term basis to help “kick-start” the metabolism, however it is not recommended on a long term and every day basis. In this day and age with the busy lifestyles we live, this is not a practical and sustainable way of living either.
  • Studies suggest it takes on average 3 hours to properly digest and absorb the nutrient content of a proper size meal. Any less, is unnecessary and counterproductive for the body. Understand your body, pay attention and make choices that make sense for “you” and give you the results you desire.

TIP: 3 main meals per day consisting of a good protein source of choice, low GI carbs and good fats is sufficient with small healthy snack options in between if you are feeling hungry.

 

Please contact me at: purelyfitwithshareen@gmail.com to discuss your concerns and allow me to inform you about your options around weight loss, reducing stress, cell renewal and how to achieve an overall balanced body and a rejuvenated routine of end-to-end nourishment.

 

 

The Importance of taking the Holistic Health Approach

Regardless of the fact that medicine has advanced a lot in the past few decades, the truth is that modern medicine doesn’t have the answer to many diseases. Sometimes it looks like the pharmaceutical industry is introducing more and more new drugs on the market but people are still sick or maybe even sicker than before. That’s why many people question and review current healing methods. In this process of finding new methods we are witnessing a revival of some old/forgotten ways of treating certain diseases. The development of medical specialties and sub-specialties led medical science to the level of DNA molecules, but we are witnessing complete loss or negligence of the human wholeness or the holistic approach.

The holistic health approach is actually a type of philosophy that takes into account whole human health not just individual parts. We often forget that the human body is not a mechanism of complex parts that operate on their own, but a whole that works on the principle of mutual and harmonious coexistence. Modern medicine tries to heal the individual instead of healing the disease. This is why the same therapy works for one individual but it is completely useless for another. Luckily in the past decade a lot of doctors have recognized the benefits of the holistic healing approach and they are trying to implement parts of it in their practice. However, the best way to feel these benefits is by choosing a health package and training package by a dedicated holistic personal trainer.

The most important thing is to understand that although the term used for these sessions is “treatment” (holistic treatment to be more precise) this is viewed more as a health approach rather than a treatment. These treatments are recommended for people that have specific lifestyle (stressful days) like executives for example. They are under a lot of pressure, the stress grows inside of them and this usually results in some medical condition. The holistic health approach concentrates on the individual’s whole being – emotional, physical and mental wellness. So what can you expect from these holistic treatments? First of all, you should expect better general health because as we have mentioned before this approach is focused on the person’s whole being. Those who undertake holistic treatments can also expect faster and better relief from pain, they will also learn more about how they can change their lifestyle without affecting their productivity and find out more about some natural methods that can change their life like exercising, nutrition, detoxification and other natural methods. Besides the physical aspect of human health, holistic treatments deal with the mental aspect too by providing spiritual counseling, stress relieve sessions, classes dedicated to dealing with anxiety and depression etc.

Shareen is an experienced holistic personal trainer in Sydney who has already helped dozens of executives who live in the Lower North Shore in their pursuit for a stress-free life. PurelyFIT is currently offering 4 packages that cover different areas of human health and they run from 6 weeks to three months. Feel free to consult with Shareen before choosing your personal training and health program as she can make an evaluation and advise you which package would suit your needs best.

 

What do your cells say about you?

Blood-Cells

This is a snapshot of a live blood analysis which provides a picture of a person’s cell quality and overall health  including the function of glands and organs. As you can see healthy cells are soft and free floating and unhealthy cells are hard and stuck together.

Poor diet, chemicals in foods and the environment and stress factors over time can build a hard coating around the cells causing high risk for bad bacteria to feed off toxins. When cells are in this state it can lead to common health problems such as weight gain, low energy, digestive issues, nutrition deficiency and low immunity.

Our program is designed to address this problem by successfully achieving the following benefits:

  • A detoxification of harmful toxins in the cells.
  • Increased energy levels and the feeling of wellbeing.
  • Decreased cellular inflammation assisting weight control.
  • Neutralised free radical damage decreasing risk to disease.
  • Maximisation of the absorption and utilisation of nutritional food.

Our inside out approach is designed to give you long and sustainable wellness and vitality!